"I am extremely in pain to see the suffering"
Veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra took to Twitter and stated that the suffering of the farmers is painful for him to see.
He also urged the government to come up with a solution fast.
The farmers’ protest in India has been going on for more than two weeks.
Thousands of farmers have been protesting across the country, demanding a repeal of farm laws enacted in September 2020.
They believe that the laws eliminate the safety net of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system and subsequently endanger their livelihoods.
However, the government stated that the MSP system will continue and the new laws will give farmers more options to sell their crops.
Despite a series of talks, the farmers and the government have failed to reach a conclusion.
Many Bollywood celebrities have shown their support for the protesting farmers and that includes Dharmendra.
He tweeted: “I am extremely in pain to see the suffering of my farmer brothers. Government should do something fast.”
I am extremely in pain to see the suffering of my farmer brothers . Government should do something fast . pic.twitter.com/WtaxdTZRg7
— Dharmendra Deol (@aapkadharam) December 11, 2020
The tweet comes a week after the actor requested the government to resolve the protests soon, citing the increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases in Delhi.
He had written: “I request the government… please quickly find a solution to the farmers’ problems… the number of corona cases are on a rise in Delhi… it is painful.”
However, the actor soon deleted the tweet without giving an explanation. He then got into a row with a Twitter user over the matter.
The netizen posted a screenshot of the tweet and questioned why the actor deleted it, Dharmendra responded:
“I deleted the tweet because I felt saddened by comments like these. You can abuse me to your heart’s content, I am happy that you are happy.
“Yes, I am sad for my farmer brothers… The government should find a solution fast, nobody is listening to us.”
Dharmendra was formerly a BJP MP between 2004 and 2009.
His son, Sunny Deol, is a BJP politician for Gurdaspur, Punjab. In early December 2020, Sunny spoke about the ongoing protest but refused to choose a side.
He said: “I stand with my party and farmers and will always be with farmers. Our government is always thinking of farmers.”
Dharmendra’s wife, Hema Malini, is also a BJP member and is a politician for the Mathura constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Despite some of the protesting farmers being from Uttar Pradesh, Hema has largely been silent over the matter.